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Arizona Passes Law Requiring High School Students to Pass Civics Test

(PHOENIX) — Arizona on Thursday became the first state in the nation to pass legislation requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test on civics before they can graduate — part of a growing nationwide effort to boost civics education.

The swift action by the Arizona Legislature comes as states around the country take up similar measures. The proposal requires high school students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the civics portion of the test new citizens must pass.

Critics question whether the test, which relies on memorization, is the best way to engage students in civics education.

The test is being pushed nationally by the Arizona-based Joe Foss Institute, which has set a goal of having all 50 states adopt it by 2017, the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. The institute says legislatures in 15 states are expected to consider it this year.

The Foss Institute, whose motto is “Patriotism Matters,” created a civics institute to promote the test to state legislatures as a way to increase knowledge of basic government by students.

“It’s genesis is basically an extension of our original mission in trying to ensure the delivery the very basics civics education that every high school graduate should have,” said institute president Frank Riggs, a former California congressman who ran for Arizona governor as a Republican last year.

Joe Foss is a former South Dakota governor and won the Medal of Honor during World War II. He died in 2003.

Both the Arizona House and Senate quickly passed the bill on just the fourth day of the legislative session, and the newly elected Republican governor, Doug Ducey, is expected to sign it Thursday evening.

The North Dakota House of Representatives overwhelming approved the same measure Thursday, but Arizona’s proposal was the first to pass a full Legislature.

The Arizona bill requires students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the test. Passage would be required to earn a high school or GED diploma starting in the 2016-2017 school year.

Ducey called on the Legislature to make the civics test the first bill to hit his desk as governor. He said studies show that students don’t know enough about basic government to grow into effective citizens.

“These are our children, and not long from now, it will be for them to vote on who sits in your chairs and who stands at this podium,” Ducey said in his State of the State address Monday. “How can we expect them to protect the principles on which this country was founded, if we are not preparing them for that task right now?”

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, an Arizona native, has supported the initiative. She’s made civics education a prime focus in recent years.

“We’re failing to impart the basic knowledge young people need to know to be effective citizens,” O’Connor said at an event in New Hampshire in September. “In too many schools, the subject of civics is considered an elective or peripheral subject.”

Republican Arizona Senate Majority Leader Steve Yarbrough, sponsoring the bill in his chamber, called the test a needed measure.

“Requiring that students pass this test is not by any means a silver bullet, but I think is a step, a small step forward,” he said. “And I think we need to encourage the people of America to become more aware of the values of America.”

A Democratic senator who opposed the bill, David Bradley, said passing the test would do nothing to make good citizens.

“Don’t be fooled into thinking that this does it, that this solves some bigger problem, because it doesn’t,” Bradley said on the Senate floor. “My point now is tests don’t make citizens, citizens are tested by their actions.”

Bradley also said that “this is not the end-all be-all to citizenship and it doesn’t get us any further down the road.”

A high school government teacher, Joe Thomas of Mesa, said he was concerned that having students take a 100-question test would take up an entire class period and is not an effective way of getting students engaged in civics. He said the test is will require rote memorization rather than something that promotes critical thinking.

“The interest is promoting civics and we want to see students engaged,” Thomas said. “I don’t know if a test engages students.”

TIME celebrities

Judge Revokes Chris Brown Probation in Rihanna Assault Case

Singer Chris Brown attends a progress hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court on Jan. 15, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Singer Chris Brown attends a progress hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court on Jan. 15, 2015 in Los Angeles. Lucy Nicholson—Getty Images

But allowed him to remain free for now

(LOS ANGELES) — A judge revoked Chris Brown’s probation on Thursday but allowed him to remain free for now after the R&B singer traveled without approval for a concert and failed to complete community service on time.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said Brown can remain free at least until a March 20 hearing when the judge will receive an update from probation officials.

Brown was ordered by those officials in December not to leave Los Angeles County without permission. However, the Grammy-winning singer performed at a nightclub in San Jose on Jan. 11 without obtaining permission to travel.

Defense attorney Mark Geragos told Brandlin that his office incorrectly advised Brown that he didn’t need permission to travel for the show.

The judge said he accepted Geragos’ explanation, but needed to revoke the singer’s probation to keep control of the case. Brandlin also said it was not unexpected that Brown failed to complete his community service on time.

Brown was supposed to complete 1,000 hours of community labor by the end of January but has roughly 200 hours left, Brandlin said.

A shooting at the San Jose club injured five people, but there were no indications that Brown was involved in the attack. Still, Brandlin ordered probation officials to investigate the shooting and whether there were any issues involving Brown.

In a report, the singer’s probation officer cited another shooting last year involving a Los Angeles nightclub where Brown was present and wrote that Brown is showing poor judgment.

“Though he has shown the ability to be compliant during long stretches of his probation grant, (Brown) continues a pattern of making choices that are counterproductive in his ability to be successful on probation,” Probation Officer Carlos Delgado wrote. “There is also concern that when he performs or attends at (sic) some of his public events, people will get shot or seriously injured.”

Brown has been on probation for his 2009 attack on pop singer Rihanna, then his girlfriend. He was required to complete the community service before the end of January.

Brown appeared in court Thursday with his mother and girlfriend. All three looked somber before the start of the hearing, with Brown spending much of his time with his eyes closed and head down.

The judge said Brown had been making steady progress on the community service aspect of his sentence that requires him to perform manual work such as roadside cleanup or graffiti removal.

The singer avoided probation problems until 2013, when prosecutors questioned whether he completed the terms of his community labor in Virginia. Brandlin briefly revoked Brown’s probation after he was charged with hit-and-run after an accident. That case was later dismissed.

In another case in October 2013, Brown struck a man outside a Washington, D.C., hotel and was charged with misdemeanor assault. Brandlin ordered Brown into rehab, but the singer was expelled from the program in March 2014.

He spent two-and-a-half months in custody before being released in June.

TIME Syria

2 Italian Aid Workers Freed in Syria

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An image grab taken from a video allegedly broadcast on December 17, 2014, shows women identifying themselves as Italian nationals Vanessa Marzullo and Greta Ramelli wearing black dresses and headscarves in an undisclosed location. AFP/Getty Images

Greta Ramelli and Vanessa Marzullo went missing in summer 2014

(MILAN) — Two Italian aid workers have been freed in Syria and will return home soon, Italian officials announced Thursday.

The premier’s office announced the release of 21-year-old Greta Ramelli and 20-year-old Vanessa Marzullo on Twitter, adding that “they will return soon to Italy.” The Foreign Ministry confirmed the news, but was unable immediately to provide details of their release.

The women, from the northern Lombardy region, disappeared in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo in late July or early August. It wasn’t clear at the time who had taken them.

The two aid workers appeared in a video released earlier this month, asking the Italian government to help bring them home, with Ramelli saying they could be killed. Marzullo held a piece of paper with the date Dec. 17, 2014, written on it.

Another Italian, the Rev. Paolo Dall’Oglio, a Jesuit priest who had lived for decades in Syria, has been missing in Syria since July 2013 after traveling to meet Islamic militants who now rule the eastern city of Raqqa.

Kidnappings in opposition-held territory have become common, particularly since mid-2013 when militant groups began to gain greater influence among rebels in Syria.

The Islamic State extremist group and the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front are believed to be responsible for most of the kidnappings, but criminal gangs and government-backed militias also have been involved, with various motives. The kidnappings have included local and international journalists as well as aid workers.

Some of those who have spent lengthy time in captivity have later been released, including at least four French and two Spanish journalists as well as one American who were freed last year.

Others haven’t been as fortunate. The Islamic State group last year beheaded three American and two British hostages it held in Syria.

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Belgian Cops Kill 2 in Terror Raid

Journalists and residents stand near police vehicles as police set a large security perimeter in the city center of Verviers on Jan. 15, 2015, during a "jihadist-related" anti-terrorism operation.
Journalists and residents stand near police vehicles as police set a large security perimeter in the city center of Verviers on Jan. 15, 2015, during a "jihadist-related" anti-terrorism operation. Bruno Fahy—AFP/Getty Images

Authorities said a major attack was foiled

(BRUSSELS) — Belgian police killed two terror suspects in a shootout in the eastern city of Verviers on Thursday and arrested another, foiling a major attack, authorities said.

The suspects immediately opened fire on security forces when they closed in on them near the city’s train station, Magistrate Eric Van der Sypt said in Brussels. He said there was no link at this stage to the Paris attacks, and that the raid is the result of an investigation that has been underway for a few weeks.

“These were extremely well-armed men,” with automatic weapons, Van der Sypt said.

The magistrate said more anti-terrorist raids were underway in the Brussels region and Verviers, adding that Belgium’s terror alert level was raised to its second-highest level. The operation was part of an investigation into extremists returning from Syria, authorities said.

Witnesses speaking on Belgium’s RTBF radio described a series of explosions followed by rapid fire at the center of Verviers, near a bakery and in the neighborhood of the train station. Video posted online of what appeared to be the raid showed a dark view of a building amid blasts, gunshots and sirens, and a fire with smoke billowing up.

Earlier Thursday, Belgian authorities said they are looking into possible links between a man they arrested in the southern city of Charleroi for illegal trade in weapons and Amedy Coulibaly, who prosecutors say killed four people in a Paris kosher market last week.

The man arrested in Belgium “claims that he wanted to buy a car from the wife of Coulibaly,” said federal prosecutor’s spokesman, Eric Van der Sypt. “At this moment this is the only link between what happened in Paris.” Van der Sypt said that “of course, naturally” we are continuing the investigation.

At first the man came to police himself claiming there had been contact with Coulibaly’s common law wife regarding the car, but he was arrested following a search on his premises when enough indications of illegal weapons trade were found.

Van der Sypt stressed there was no established weapons link with the Paris attack at this moment.

Several countries are now involved in the hunt for possible accomplices to Coulibaly and the two other gunmen in the French attacks.

TIME Philippines

Pope Heading to the Philippines, Where Adoring Crowds Await

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Pope Francis waves as he boards a flight for Manila, following a two-day visit to Sri Lanka in Colombo on Jan. 15, 2015 Saurabh Das—AP

Officials say 6 million people could turn out for an outdoor mass in Manila

(COLOMBO, SRI LANKA) — Pope Francis departed Sri Lanka Thursday for the Philippines, Asia’s most populous Catholic nation, where ecstatic crowds await the first papal visit in 20 years.

The government has declared national holidays during the pope’s visit, which runs through Monday. He will be in the bustling capital of Manila and fly over the weekend to eastern Leyte province, where he plans to meet survivors of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated entire villages in 2013.

For Precy Asistio, a 60-year-old who waited near the Apostolic Nunciature, the Holy See’s diplomatic mission in Manila where Francis will stay, just a wave from the pontiff will make her day.

“We’re waiting for Pope Francis so we can be blessed,” Asistio said. “Once we see him, we’ll go home already, as long as he waves at us.”

At Manila’s Villamor Air Base, Alaiza Barrientos, one of 164 young girls in white dresses who were to welcome Francis with a dance, said she wished her encounter with the pontiff would help realize her prayers for the recovery of her grandmother, who has a tumor in her spinal cord.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, said he hoped the widely-awaited visit by Francis, the first Latin American head of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Christian community, would be festive and spiritually uplifting and nurture compassion at a time when the country is still recovering from recent deadly disasters, including Haiyan.

“It’s like a big, big, big, big national fiesta,” a beaming Tagle told The Associated Press in an interview on the eve of the pope’s arrival. The visit, he said, “comes at that point when people would really be helped by a moral and spiritual boost coming from someone who really cares.”

Francis will also meet President Benigno Aquino III, who has waged a campaign against poverty, an issue close to the pope’s heart, but has clashed with Catholic leaders over a reproductive health bill that promoted use of artificial birth control. Congress, which is dominated by Aquino’s allies, passed the bill in 2012.

Meetings with Filipino families, Catholic church leaders and the youth were also slated.

During his time in Sri Lanka, the pope traveled to the jungles of the war-torn north for a show of solidarity with the victims of the country’s 25-year civil war, urging people to forgive one another “for all the evil which this land has known.”

“It is very important to keep our country peaceful and our religious strength become more and more after this visit,” said Sumith Periera, an engineer who came to see the pope off.

The pope’s trip has given Philippine authorities daunting security challenges, including an outdoor Mass in a historic Manila park on Sunday that officials say could draw a record 6 million people.

About 50,000 policemen and troops have been deployed to secure the pope in a country, where relatively small numbers of al-Qaida-inspired militants remain a threat in the southern Philippines despite more than a decade of U.S.-backed military offensives.

TIME Law

NRA Suing Pennsylvania Cities on Gun Laws; Mayors Vow Fight

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NRA members listen to speakers during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on May 4, 2013 Johnny Hanson — AP

The lobby group has set its sights on Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster for passing firearms ordinances against in violation of state law

Armed with a new state law that opponents denounce as a gift to the gun lobby, pro-gun groups are rapidly scaling up their attack on municipal firearms ordinances throughout Pennsylvania, with the National Rifle Association filing suit over gun-control measures in three cities.

Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster have “openly defied” a 40-year-old state law that forbids municipalities from regulating firearms, said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

The cities said they will fight the NRA, contending the local regulations are a sensible way to address deadly gun violence.

“This should be a wake-up call for citizens across Pennsylvania,” Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said. “We’re not taking away anyone’s right to own a gun — or 10 or 20 guns. What we’re saying is when a gun is lost or stolen, you’ve got to report it. Too many people are being killed in the streets of Pittsburgh and other cities with stolen guns.”

Pennsylvania has long barred its municipalities from approving ordinances that regulate the ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of guns or ammunition. But scores of cities and towns ignored the prohibition, and gun-rights groups complained the local measures were difficult to challenge because judges have ruled that plaintiffs could not prove harm.

Under a state law that took effect last week, gun owners no longer have to show they have been harmed by an ordinance to win in court. The new law also allows organizations like the NRA to sue, and successful challengers can seek legal fees and other costs.

Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster are fighting the new law in court, arguing lawmakers didn’t follow constitutional procedure for passing legislation.

“It is unconstitutional, it never should have been passed, and it breaks with more than 200 years of history in Pennsylvania, by allowing organizations without standing the ability to sue,” Peduto said.

Under threat of litigation from several smaller gun-rights groups, more than 20 Pennsylvania municipalities already have moved to repeal their firearms ordinances instead of defending them in court. Another group, Houston-based U.S. Law Shield, sued the capital of Harrisburg on Tuesday over its gun laws.

The NRA suit filed Wednesday against Philadelphia targets seven ordinances, including ones that require owners to report lost or stolen firearms; prohibit guns from city-owned facilities; and ban weapons possession by people subject to protection-from-abuse orders or who are found to pose a risk of “imminent harm” to themselves or others.

Philadelphia officials have long said its measures are needed to combat gun violence that claims hundreds of lives each year. In 2010, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed city ordinances that limited people to buying one gun a month and banned assault weapons, but the NRA — deemed to lack standing — lost its bid to get other city gun laws thrown out.

If the city’s bid to overturn the new state law is successful, “then the NRA would not have standing to file the suits that it has filed today,” said Mark McDonald, spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter.

In the small city of Lancaster, meanwhile, the NRA is challenging an ordinance that requires gun owners to tell police when a firearm is lost or stolen.

Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray, one of the named defendants, denounced the NRA lawsuit as “pathetic” and said the city’s attorney had determined its ordinance could withstand legal scrutiny.

“The NRA is a New York-organized corporation that is based in Virginia and they are suing us in Lancaster because we are asking people to report stolen firearms,” he said. “I have a difficult time getting my arms around that.”

Cox, the NRA official, said local laws “do not make people safer” and, in a statement, accused officials of “politically grandstanding at taxpayers’ expense.”

The NRA plans to go after other municipalities whose gun ordinances are barred by state law, said the group’s attorney, Jonathan Goldstein.

“We expect every municipality to repeal ordinances that are pre-empted. If other folks don’t get on board with what the law requires, they can expect to hear from us in due course,” he said.

TIME celebrities

7th Heaven‘s Stephen Collins Must Sit for Deposition in Divorce Case

(LOS ANGELES) — Former “7th Heaven” actor Stephen Collins must sit for a deposition in his ongoing divorce case and answer questions about the financial fallout from his acknowledgement of inappropriate conduct with three underage girls, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas granted a request by Collins’ estranged wife, Faye Grant, to get sworn testimony from the actor about any financial damage that child sex abuse allegations have caused.

Collins contends the release of an audio recording of a 2012 therapy session in which he acknowledged inappropriate conduct with three underage girls ruined his career. He is asking a judge to deny any further spousal support to Grant, who recorded the session but denies giving it to celebrity website TMZ.

A trial to end the couple’s nearly 30-year marriage and divide their assets is scheduled for February.

Collins lost several upcoming roles after TMZ posted audio of the therapy session last year. He acknowledged in an interview with Katie Couric that he molested one girl and engaged in sexual misconduct with two other underage girls. He denied he was a pedophile and said he has controlled his urges since 1994.

Juhas ruled that Collins’ deposition should not be videotaped.

Grant included the molestation accusations in divorce proceedings and authorities in New York and Los Angeles have investigated the claims, but Collins has not been charged.

The incidents occurred between 1973 and 1994, according to a statement Collins released to People magazine in December.

“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret,” Collins wrote. “I have been working to atone for it ever since.”

TIME Accidents

10 Die When Texas Prison Bus Skids Off Highway, Hits Train

(ODESSA, Texas) — A prison bus skidded off an icy Texas highway, slid down an embankment and collided with a passing freight train Wednesday, killing eight inmates and two corrections officers, including the bus driver, authorities said.

The overpass on Interstate 20 was slick with ice Wednesday morning when the Texas Department of Criminal Justice bus left the roadway in Penwell, just west of Odessa, according to Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson.

The prisoners, who did not have seat belts, were handcuffed together in pairs, officials said. Some of them were ejected from the bus after it struck the train, said Trooper Elizabeth Barney of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

An earlier accident on the I-20 overpass may have contributed to the prison bus losing control, Donaldson said.

“It’s as bad as you can imagine,” Odessa Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Kavin Tinney told the Odessa American newspaper. “In 32 years it’s as bad as anything I’ve seen.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice confirmed the 10 deaths in a statement, adding that four prisoners and one corrections officer were injured. Tiffany Harston, spokeswoman for Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, said four of the injured are in critical condition and one is in serious condition.

Jason Clark, a Department of Criminal Justice spokesman, said the bus was new and had been placed in service only this past summer. It was taking the inmates from the Middleton prison in Abilene to the Sanchez prison in El Paso, which is about 250 miles west of where the accident happened.

The prisoners did not have any leg restraints, said Jason Heaton, agency director for the region. Only the driver’s seat had a seat belt, he said. Like many buses, the vehicle did not have seat belts on the bench-type seats where the prisoners were seated.

After the accident around 7:30 a.m., the white bus came to rest on its side, next to the railroad tracks, crumpled with heavy damage to its front and undercarriage. The top of the bus was caved inward.

The Union Pacific freight train with four locomotives and 58 cars came to a stop soon after. None of the cars derailed, but two containers at the rear of the train were damaged, said Mark Davis, a railroad spokesman.

The containers were carrying hundreds of parcels and packages, many of which were strewn along the tracks.

No Union Pacific employees were injured.

The train, which was traveling from the Los Angeles area to Marion, Arkansas, remained stopped at the accident site several hours after the accident, Davis said.

“We’ll send crews to inspect the train, inspect the track,” he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending its own team of inspectors to the scene.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued a statement offering condolences to the families of those killed in the wreck.

“I also pray for a speedy recovery of a third correctional staff member and four offenders who were transported with injuries,” he said.

In June, an inmate was killed and several other people were injured when a Department of Criminal Justice van collided with a car in Central Texas.

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Warren reported from Dallas. Associated Press writer Diana Heidgerd in Dallas also contributed to this report.

TIME climbing

2 Americans Finish Free Climb of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall in Historic Feat

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first to "free-climb" the rock formation's Dawn Wall on Wednesday

(YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif.) — A pair of Americans on Wednesday completed what had long been considered the world’s most difficult rock climb, using only their hands and feet to conquer a 3,000-foot vertical wall on El Capitan, the forbidding granite pedestal in Yosemite National Park that has beckoned adventurers for more than half a century.

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first to “free-climb” the rock formation’s Dawn Wall, a feat that many had considered impossible. They used ropes and safety harnesses to catch them in case of a fall, but relied entirely on their own strength and dexterity to ascend by grasping cracks as thin as razor blades and as small as dimes.

The effort took weeks, as the two dealt with constant falls and injuries. But their success completes a years-long dream that bordered on obsession for the men.

The trek up the world’s largest granite monolith began Dec. 27. Caldwell and Jorgeson lived on the wall itself. They ate and slept in tents fastened to the rock thousands of feet above the ground and battled painful cuts to their fingertips much of the way.

Free-climbers do not pull themselves up with cables or use chisels to carve out handholds. Instead, they climb inch by inch, wedging their fingertips and feet into tiny crevices or gripping sharp, thin projections of rock. In photographs, the two appeared at times like Spider-Man, with arms and legs splayed across the pale rock that has been described as smooth as a bedroom wall.

Both men needed to take rest days to wait for their skin to heal. They used tape and even superglue to help with the process. At one point, Caldwell set an alarm to wake him every few hours to apply a special lotion to his throbbing hands.

They also took physical punishment when their grip would slip, pitching them into long, swinging falls that left them bouncing off the rock face. The tumbles, which they called “taking a whipper,” ended in startling jolts from their safety ropes.

Caldwell and Jorgeson had help from a team of supporters who brought food and supplies and shot video of the adventure.

The 36-year-old Caldwell and 30-year-old Jorgeson ate canned peaches and occasionally sipped whiskey. They watched their urine evaporate into thin, dry air and handed toilet sacks, called “wag bags,” to helpers who disposed of them.

There are about 100 routes up the rock known among climbers as “El Cap,” and many have made it to the top, the first in 1958. Even the Dawn Wall had been scaled. Warren Harding and Dean Caldwell (no relation to Tommy) made it up in 1970, using climbing ropes and countless rivets over 27 days.

No one, however, had ever made it to the 3,000-foot summit in one continuous free-climb — until now.

The pioneering ascent comes as a result of five years of training and failed attempts for both Caldwell and Jorgeson. They only got about a third of the way up in 2010 when they were turned back by storms. A year later, Jorgeson fell and broke an ankle in another attempt. Since then, each has spent time on the big, blank rock practicing and mapping out strategy.

On this try, as the world watched and followed on Facebook and Twitter, Jorgeson was stalled by a lower section that took 11 attempts over the course of seven days.

“As disappointing as this is, I’m learning new levels of patience, perseverance and desire,” Jorgeson posted online. “I’m not giving up. I will rest. I will try again. I will succeed.”

Caldwell, of Estes Park, Colorado, is no stranger to El Cap. He has free-climbed 11 different routes and was the first to make such ascents of the Dihedral Wall and West Buttress. He was the third to free-climb the Nose on El Cap. He also made his way up a challenging El Capitan route in fewer than 24 hours — becoming only the second person to do so — only months after accidentally severing his left index finger with a table saw in 2001.

In 2000, Caldwell and three other climbers went to the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan to scale the towering rock walls of its southern mountains. Seventeen days in, they were captured by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Caldwell shoved a guard over a cliff, and the climbers fled, eventually reaching a Kyrgyz army outpost. The guard survived the fall.

Jorgeson, of Santa Rosa, California, has an impressive list of climbs in the U.S., Europe and South Africa. He works as a climbing instructor and co-founded an advocacy group for the climbers.

Still, the difficulty of the climb wasn’t a surprise.

John Long, the first person to climb up El Capitan in one day in 1975, said recently of Caldwell and Jorgeson’s free-climb that it was almost “inconceivable that anyone could do something that continuously difficult.”

TIME celebrities

Model Who Says Cosby Drugged Her Meets With L.A. Police

Bill Cosby during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington. ON NOV. 6, 2014.
Bill Cosby during an interview about the upcoming exhibit "Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue," at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. on Nov. 6, 2014 Evan Vucci—AP

A case brought by Chloe Goins may fall within the statute of limitations

(LOS ANGELES) — A model who claims Bill Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion met with Los Angeles police on Tuesday to pursue criminal charges against the comedian over the 2008 incident.

An attorney for Chloe Goins said after the meeting that his client is the first woman accusing Cosby of sexual misconduct whose case may fall within the statute of limitations. More than 15 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, including several who say the comedian drugged and raped them in incidents dating back at least four decades.

Goins did not speak during a press conference on Tuesday. Her attorney, Spencer Kuvin, said she came forward after hearing about other women describing abuse by Cosby and realizing she might have a valid criminal case.

Kuvin declined to discuss what Goins told detectives, but restated her allegations that Cosby drugged her at a 2008 event at the Playboy Mansion. Goins does not know what happened while she was blacked out, but awoke to find herself naked and Cosby over her.

“Ms. Goins and I are here for two reasons: for justice and accountability,” Kuvin said.

Goins is at least the second woman to meet with Los Angeles police detectives to recount abuse by Cosby.

Prosecutors rejected filing charges against Cosby based on allegations by Judy Huth, a Riverside County resident who is suing the comedian alleging he abused her in the early 1970s when she was 15 years old. Huth’s lawsuit states the abuse happened at the Playboy Mansion.

Los Angeles police Commander Andrew Smith said he could not confirm any investigation into Cosby and that sex abuse cases were “extremely confidential.”

An email to Cosby’s attorney Marty Singer was not immediately returned.

Neither Smith or Kuvin would speculate on what charges Cosby might face, and both noted that the statutes of limitations for sex offenses are complex and depend on the facts of a case.

Singer has denied some of the accusations against Cosby, saying they have been discredited or come from discredited accusers. Cosby joked about the allegations against him at a recent show in Canada, and is scheduled to perform two shows in Denver on Saturday night despite planned protests.

“We hope that the people that are paying to attend Mr. Cosby’s shows understand that these victimized women have broken their silence now and they will not remain quiet any longer,” Kuvin said. “Mr. Cosby should, and will be held accountable for what he’s done.”

He said women reporting abuse “should be encouraged and not joked about.”

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